Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

Location
Chicago
Posted
Feb 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago campus is part of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, which contains a significant amount of off-campus housing for undergraduate and graduate students. More than a third of the University's staff resides in areas surrounding the campus, and more than 50% of the University's faculty live in the Hyde Park area. The Department of Safety and Security includes the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD), Management Operations, Transportation and Parking Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and Security Systems. The Department is a unit of the Office of Finance and Administration and aims to provide stronger safety and transportation services to members of the University community. The Facilities Services Occupational Health and Safety Specialist for Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for providing technical guidance, training, inspections, and program improvement/development for the University-wide occupational health and safety programs to ensure a safe environment specifically in Facilities Services Operations. Facilities Services Operations includes various trade shops including carpenters, painters, electricians, engineers, groundskeepers, inventory clerks, locksmiths, mechanics, roofers, sheet metal workers, and steam plant/tunnel workers. The programs which fall under the purview of the Occupational Health and Safety division include, but are not limited to: hazard communication, respiratory protection, confined spaces, construction safety, hearing conservation, lockout/tagout, fall protection, machine guarding, and electrical safety.

Unit Job Summary: The Facilities Services Occupational Health and Safety Specialist reports to the Senior Occupational Health and Safety Specialist for Environmental Health and Safety, but is solely allocated to Facilities Services. Develops, implements, and maintains occupational health and safety policies and procedures within Facilities Services trade shops. Develops and ensures regular tracking of appropriate annual performance measurements to support continuous improvement of safety within Facilities Services trade shops. Identifies equipment and supplies required for the occupational health and safety program within Facilities Services trade shops. Manages safety training job profiles in CATTS or other learning management system for Facilities Services trade shops. Ensures safety training compliance objective of 100% within all Facilities Services trade shops. Assists in achieving annual objectives established for occupational health and safety as they pertain to Facilities Services trade shops. Assists in accurate completion and filing of reports and documentation required by regulatory agencies for occupational health and safety as they pertain to Facilities Services trade shops. Develops presentation materials used in briefings, tool box talks, and training for Facilities Services trade shops. Reviews and writes requests for proposal of occupational health and safety services and manages vendor(s) within Facilities Services trade shops. Identifies benchmarking metrics for occupational health and safety and uses database technology and tracking systems to generate reports relevant to Facilities Services trade shops. Maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices within occupational health and safety. Chairs the Facilities Services Safety Committee and coordinates any associated sub-committees. Conducts root cause analysis for all Facilities Services trade shop accidents/incidents to facilitate occupational health and safety injury prevention, best practices, lessons learned, and monitors implementation of controls and corrective actions. Participates as a member of the emergency response team including the rotation of "On-Call" Safety Officer and responds to hazardous materials releases and serves in the appropriate response role based on training and expertise. Develops recommendations to improve overall occupational health and safety management systems including audits and accident/incident investigations. Maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices of occupational health and safety. Monitors compliance and provides information and data to the Senior Occupational Health and Safety Specialist in support of regulatory agency occupational health and safety inspections as it pertains to Facilities Services trade shops. Assists staff in assessment of personal protective equipment (PPE) needs for designated operations within Facilities Services trade shops. Researches appropriate hazard control and mitigation strategies, including engineering controls, administrative controls, and PPE, and supports staff in the implementation of these control strategies within Facilities Services trade shops. Performs other duties as assigned.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in occupational safety or related field. Master's degree preferred. Valid driver's license required. Relevant certifications (e.g., certified safety professional) preferred.

Unit Experience: One to five years of experience in occupational health and safety required. Five plus years of experience in occupational health and safety preferred. Experience with trade shops preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Capable of obtaining medical clearances for using respiratory protection necessary for HAZMAT response which will include a drug test. Knowledge of federal, state, and local occupational health and safety codes, regulations, and ordinances required. Must be detail oriented and able to prepare documents and/or reports as necessary. Ability to maintain professionalism, credibility, and good service delivery practices when dealing with all contacts, internal and external, required. Ability to remain calm and objective throughout stressful and unpleasant situations required. Willingness and ability to make timely, sound decisions, and accept concomitant responsibility required. Ability to communicate effectively and consistently with others using tact when necessary required. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public and members of the University community required. Ability to work with people of various ages and backgrounds required. Ability and skill to build consensus and credibility within Facilities Services. Ability to resolve conflicts and manage sensitive emergency situations appropriately required. Demonstrated self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situations required. Ability to be on call and available to work nights/weekends/holidays as necessary required. Ability to work in inclement weather or weather extremes required. Ability to mentally and physically react effectively, quickly, calmly, and rationally during times of conflicts and emergencies required. Proven ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of constituencies required. High level of writing and presentation skills for both groups and individuals required. Knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required. Ability to synthesize complex material to assist decision-making and to communicate priorities required. Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities simultaneously required. Considerable skill in working both independently and as part of a team required. Demonstrated outstanding written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal skills required.